Ten Bends Beer was started in 2016 and named for the nearby ten bends of the Lamoille River. This brewery is both new and small, but don’t let that fool you. All of the beers tasted fresh, with great flavors which were not overpowering. The tap room is petit with just a few chairs to enjoy your samples. There are some rustic picnic tables outside when the crowd overflows.
Cicerone Jr. and I each ordered up foursomes of what was on tap that day. Here is what we found:
* Rotary Chaos (5.8% ABV) An American IPA and one of our favorites from Ten Bends. Duly named after the chaotic roundabouts on Rt. 17.
Appearance: 4.2 | Aroma: 4.5 | Feel: 4.3 | Taste: 4.8 | Overall: 4.7
Ella Session (4.9% ABV) A session ale … less hoppy and slightly sour.
Appearance: 4.3 | Aroma: 4.2 | Feel: 4.2 | Taste: 4.4 | Overall: 4.4
* Rotary Grapefruit (5.8% ABV) As you can guess, this is the Rotary Chaos infused with grapefruit. I actually found it quite appealing!
Appearance: 4.4 | Aroma: 4.4 | Feel: 4.6 | Taste: 4.7 | Overall: 4.7
Cold Moon (7.0% ABV) A black ale with soft undertones of coffee, caramel. The beer would be awesome served nice and cold!
Appearance: 4.5 | Aroma: 4.5 | Feel: 4.3 | Taste: 4.5 | Overall: 4.5
Twilight Looming (7.0% ABV) A good IPA … not too overpowering on the hops.
Appearance: 4.2 | Aroma: 4.1 | Feel: 4.2 | Taste: 4.2 | Overall: 4.3
Northern Heights (8.0% ABV) Ten Bends classic double IPA. Pours into a nice golden-amber color. Great tasting DIPA.
Appearance: 4.7 | Aroma: 4.3 | Feel: 4.4 | Taste: 4.6 | Overall: 4.6
The Cicerone says: although tricky to find, a visit to Ten Bends Beer is worth the trip. Not many cans or bottles available on site, so have your growler ready! I recommend the Rotary Chaos or the Rotary Grapefruit.
* New feature: added to my Favorites List. I am on the look-out for these beers when at a local restaurant, pub, or craft beer store.